Eleven (A Poem on Armistice 2023)


The maelstrom roars on,

in customary discretion,

tales of who lost and won,

makes underlying tension,


thus, treaties have been broken,

base needs, create a mess,

recycled battles woken,

it’s hard to find the blessed,


but, in reflective thinking,

by those who didn’t fight,

soldier saints are twinkling,

to make some sort of light,


hence, the children, of Ares,

become true gardeners,

from Land’s End to the prairies,

they disposed “dis-hearteners”,


as, in ardent protecting,

forgiveness is not for sale,

no sign of gun neglecting,

to make their purpose fail,


the land still soaks with blood,

see the poppies in the storm,

before we lie; still in mud,

make our reasons to be born,


so, with our filled lapels,

as two silent minutes play,

count our blessings well,

whilst toasting them who saved our day,


they’re watching us from the mess hall,

in a place, they call heaven,

hoping that we don’t appal,

on their day, eleven.

  • Author: AuburnScribbler (Offline Offline)
  • Published: November 11th, 2023 10:24
  • Comment from author about the poem: It is of course, Armistice/Remembrance, and of course, I felt compelled to write something for the occasion, as I have done, at previous times. The banner picture is the closest thing to poppies, but of course, being a Brit, the roses are apt too. I hope that you enjoy the poem, I hope that over the weekend you spare a thought of any loved ones who have served in the forces, and as always, please do stay safe everyone.
  • Category: Special occasion
  • Views: 10
  • Users favorite of this poem: Bella Shepard, Teddy.15.
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  • orchidee

    A fine write AS. Great minds think.....? I too posted the roses pic today.

    • AuburnScribbler

      Thanks for the read orchidee, and for your lovely comment, and bless us for being rose buddies.

      I hope that all is well.

    • Bella Shepard

      Thank you dear poet for this beautiful and fitting poem, on this day of remembrance, "lest we forget".

      • AuburnScribbler

        Thanks for the read and for favouriting this poem Bella, it's very much appreciated, as are your kind words.

        I second you on your last three words, rest in peace to all those who were sacrificed, and let's live in hope, that some actual change for the better can occur.

        Thanks again, and I hope that all is well.

      • Superqueen

        This is a beautiful remembrance. Thank you for sharing.

        • AuburnScribbler

          Thanks for the read mybestat66, and for your short and sweet comment.

          You are most welcome for the share, and I hope that all is well.

        • Goldfinch60

          So very true Ben, we were in our coffee house yesterday, 11th, and they had a sign saying that they would have a 2 minute silence at 11.00.
          It happened and I stood up at attention as many others did but there were some there that showed no respect at all and this annoyed me.


          • AuburnScribbler

            Thanks for the read Andy, and good on you and your community coffee house, for paying your respects.

            To those who didn't yesterday in your company, I have this to say to them: if they choose not to champion anything, then they are, or if they sustain such a capacity of decided ignorance, will become nothing!

            Like Bella, I second the last words in your comment, and again, I, we, live in hope, to see much better days, ushered in by a better version of humanity, only if our choices are made right, before time runs out

            I hope that all is well.

          • Teddy.15

            So very beautiful, I cannot get a poppy because I'm in Italy however my parents put one on me every year when I was a child. A great thank you to the courageous men and women who faught for all our freedom, and lost their own. Kudos
            ❤️ 🤍 💙

            • AuburnScribbler

              Thanks for the read and for favouriting this poem Teddy.15, it's very much appreciated.

              Bless you for your lovely words, and bless you in Italy without a poppy, but I'm glad that you partook and perhaps may again, in wearing one in remembrance.

              I second your vote of thanks thoroughly, thanks again to you, and I hope that all is well.

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